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Friday, May 8, 2009

Shadowland by Meg Cabot (audio)

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Publisher: Recorded Books (audio), HarperTeen (paperback)
Publication Year:2005 (audio), 2005 (paperback)
ISBN: 1428124705 (audio), 0671787918 (paperback)
Format: Audio
Pages: 304
Audio Length: 6 discs (~6 hrs)
Narrator: Johanna Parker

Websites:
Meg Cabot
Johanna Parker

Place(s) Traveled to: Carmel, California

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

In Shadowland by Meg Cabot, Suze isn’t just the new kid in town she is also a mediator – a person born with the gift to see and speak to ghosts as well as to help them to cross over to the other side. She has recently moved to California from New York to live with her mother and new stepfamily. Suze finds that California is a lot different than New York and stuggles to adjust to those changes. She also needs to deal with the ghost who lives in her bedroom, Jesse – who isn’t ready to cross over just yet. Not to mention the girl who is haunting her new high school and who isn’t happy that Suze seems to be cozying up to her ex-boyfriend.

I enjoyed this book. It was a fun thing to listen to on my drive in to work each day. I like Suze and the nicknames that she had for her new stepbrothers. I also thought that she was portrayed realistically as an only child tossed into a sea of new bodies. Suze has to readjust her thinking on family. She now has brothers and all that goes along with that. Suze is also fiercy independant and she must learn to depend on her brothers as well as Father Dom. Father Dom is the principle at her new high school and also a mediator like herself. Father Dom tries to help Suze deal with the ghost that haunts the hallways but Suze refuses to listen to his advice and mediates how she thinks is best. This tends to get her into trouble and forces Jesse, her house ghost, to try and help her. My one real complaint with the book was in the narration. Suze was supposed to have have grown up in New York City and yet the voice that Johanna Parker gave her reminded more more of a girl from the South. So that tended to distract me a bit during my listening. I do look forward to reading more of this series, though I think that I might switch to the print version.

One Response to “Shadowland by Meg Cabot (audio)”

  1. Karen Maldonado

    The Mediator is one of my 2 favorite series by Meg Cabot, the other being 1-800-were-r-you, which actually takes place in a south town.